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Social license and farriery – friend or foe?   iCal entry for this event

Monday 19th June 2023 at 7pm, on Zoom

FREE webinar for all registered farriers and apprentices


The equine industry, and the public perception of how we use horses is under scrutiny – more than it ever has been. And, whether you agree or disagree, opinion is changing and change is happening. You don’t need to look too hard to find evidence of this; from the hunting of foxes with hounds and the end of jump racing in South Australia, the hotly debated use of the whip in racing and protests at Grand Prix showjumping events, to the use of the double bridle in FEI competitions and the change of wording in dressage tests for marks given to ‘harmony’ instead of ‘submission’.

But what could this mean for farriery and hoofcare?

In this webinar we will explore what social license means and its significance for the equestrian industry and, as professionals within the industry, the role and responsibility of all farriers and apprentices. The webinar will feature a 30-minute presentation by Roly with a 30-minute question and answer opportunity.



Roly is a qualified veterinary surgeon and has been Chief Executive of the charity World Horse Welfare since 2008. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 and acquired his Masters degree in Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1997. His previous veterinary roles included the Blue Cross and Royal Army Veterinary Corps. 

Roly plays an active role in much of World Horse Welfare’s work supporting the horse-human partnership, and as a Director of the British Horse Council he regularly liaises on policy with Defra, the devolved administrations and Ministers. He also advises the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on horse welfare.

Roly is currently Treasurer of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), Chairman of the UK Equine Disease Coalition, a Director of the British Horse Council, a Board member of the European Horse Network, Chair of the International Coalition for Animal Welfare and Treasurer of the World Federation for Animals.


This webinar will be recorded and will be available on the BFBA website in the members section after the event.

Location: Online Webinar


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Description Date Start time End time Availability Price Book
Social license webinar 19-06-2023 19:00 20:00 closed £0